February 12, 2011 – It was a day of firsts during the men and women’s snowboard superpipe finals. Louie Vito was crowned Dew Cup champion for the first time in his career after placing seventh in the men’s final and still earning enough points throughout the season to be at the top of the point standings. Luke Mitrani won his first major competition at the Toyota Championship, throwing down a smooth and stylish run to land him at the top of the podium for the first time in a major competition. The only repeat offender of the afternoon was Kelly Clark, who won the women’s snowboard superpipe final, crowning her the Dew Cup champion for the second time in her career.
In front of the largest pipe crowd at any Winter Dew Tour event, Luke Mitrani threw out a double michal chuck, frontside 9, backside 5, front 10 and a cab double 10 to earn a staggeringly high score of 97.00, knocking his brother Jack Mitrani off of the podium. Greg Bretz placed second with a 95.00 and Steve Fisher landed his first-ever double cork in competition, earning him a third place finish of 92.00. “It was a great contest, the last stop of the Dew Tour, and the crowd was amazing. A really good energy,” said Mitrani. “I can’t believe I won. I’ve never won a contest this big so I’m really tripping.”
After earning back-to-back first place finishes at the first two stops of the Winter Dew Tour, Vito was in prime position for the Dew Cup heading into the Toyota Championship. However, after taking a fall on his first run and scoring an uncharacteristic 73.50 on the second, Vito narrowly took home the Cup with a seventh place finish. “I’m bummed I didn’t make the podium, and I wasn’t completely satisfied with my riding tonight,” said Vito. “The level of riding was sick though, and in the end I’m stoked I got the Dew Cup.”
Clark won her second consecutive snowboard superpipe final, giving her enough points to win the coveted Dew Cup for the second time in her Winter Dew Tour career. Clark’s winning run included a front 7, cab 7, a huge frontside 1080, cab 3, front 5 and a back 5 to earn the top score of 95.75. “I’m really happy with my riding today and it’s even better to walk away with the win and the Dew Cup,” said Clark. “It’s been an amazing season and I didn’t think I could recover after Breckenridge when I finished in sixth place, but to come back and win the next two and walk away with the Cup is just incredible.”